April Instagram Photo Challenge Plus Giveaways

For the past seven months, I have participated in Instagram photo challenges and have shared the themes and my looks with you. In April, the month of my birthday, I decided, why not host my very own? So that’s exactly what I’m doing! I’m so excited to announce my April Instagram Photo Challenge, #simplystyledapril, with some amazing giveaways. Seriously, I wish I could participate for a chance to win, but ultimately I’m excited that some of YOU fabulous people will have a chance to enjoy them.

It’s simple to participate: follow the daily prompts from the calendar, interpret however you want, and share your photo on Instagram with #simplystyledapril. Participate every day starting April 1 or just whenever you feel like it, and be sure to follow the hostesses for a chance to win prizes. We are all mentioned in this link, so you can easily follow the hostesses from there. Photo challenges are a fun way to connect with your friends and find new ones, so be sure to tag friends and share the calendar so they can join in on the fun! Oh, and by sharing the calendar and tagging friends, you will get extra entries towards those oh-so-amazing prizes I was talking about.

An Open Letter to the Surly Grown Men Internet Bullies

Dear Surly Adult Male Internet Bullies,

Hi, I’m Lindsay, mom to sweet, funny little Ginny girl, dedicated high school English teacher, freelance writer, and blogger. I surround myself with a small group of close friends, am extremely close with my family, and am very protective of the ones I love. I believe in kindness, manners, forgiveness, and grammar. I’m a fervent learner and wish I could go to school forever. I have never had a brain freeze, believe in eating breakfast for dinner, and have strangely strong emotions about death. I strongly believe eating raw cookie dough is worth the risk of salmonella and have had a soft spot in my heart for the elderly and homeless ever since I was a kid.

Why am I telling you all of this, you ask? Because I want you to understand that I am a person, just like you.

The Post I Never Wanted to Write

This is the post I never wanted to write. Why? Because I’m going to open up about a topic that is profoundly personal, troubling to me, and unpleasant. It’s my deepest fear and uncertainty, one I don’t have the answers for. I never wanted to write about it because it makes me incredibly emotional, and showing my strangely strong emotions about this makes me feel so…weird. I know that’s not the best word, but it describes the strangeness and high level of discomfort I feel about being emotional.

I’ve always been a writer and have found that writing is my best outlet. It allows me to get out my thoughts and feelings in a safe way. I can hide behind the words as I type the letters instead of confronting them by speaking them out loud. At the same time I’m hiding, I can also reveal my most intimate feelings in a very public way.

I enjoy writing about hope, positivity, and answers. I don’t like complaining for the sake of complaining – I think when you have a problem, you should seek a solution to it. In this post I never wanted to write, I don’t have a solution.

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